Spruce up an ordinary plant container by covering it in inexpensive decorative craft paper or wrapping paper. Not only does this add color and increase interest, but it converts a dull-looking container into a work of art. Florists sell such containers at high prices, and by learning the correct technique, you not only save money but also can do it for family or friends, free of charge. A plant container wrapped in decorative paper is a gift everyone appreciates.
Place the container on a flat and even surface. Wipe the surface with a moist paper towel to remove any dirt or debris, and leave it to dry thoroughly.
Measure the height from the base to the rim and the width at the widest and narrowest points. Note the measurements on paper.
Purchase decorative paper of your choice from your local crafts or hobby store. It can be plain, textured or patterned. Match it to the color theme of the room you will display the container in, or select a bright color if placing it in an entrance or hall so it stands out.
Check the measurements you noted to make sure the sheet or roll will cover the container fully, or purchase some extra in case you fall short.
Make a cone with the sheet or roll of paper that will accommodate the container. Hold the cone with one hand to prevent it from unraveling and insert the container into it. Adjust its size by increasing or decreasing it so the container fits snugly inside. If using a roll of paper, cut it carefully with a sharp pair of scissors now.
Cut a length of double-sided tape and place it at the tightest spot on the first layer of paper on the cone, pressing it down where it naturally meets the container so it is attached firmly.
Lift the container, carefully fold the base of the cone around the edges of its base, and press inward. Use sharp scissors to trim excess paper off, leaving enough to cover the container base.
Press the paper against the base of the container so it is not visible anymore, and carefully use a length of transparent paper over the fold to prevent it from coming loose. You can also insert a piece of double-sided tape to connect the base of the container with the bottom edge of the paper.
Trim excess cone length off the top so it is even with the rim of the container. Secure loose layers of paper cone with double-sided tape. Add a decorative touch by attaching a length of wide ribbon around the rim or base of the container, or around the center, and knotting it in a bow.